After taking in the devastating effects of hurricane Katrina, people are now wondering why this calamity has assaulted our country and why so many innocent have suffered. I have heard many suggest that this historical disaster was caused by God. It is this very notion that I wish to discuss.
It seems to me, arrogant to attest that God’s hand produced this catastrophe. The only way to actually know whether or not this is the case—is to be in the mind of God. Basically, the only one who knows (in certainty) that God caused the disaster of hurricane Katrina—is God.
However, what we can do is postulate possible reasons why God would (if he did) or why God did not (if he did not). For example, taking a Judeo-Christian position, let’s first assume that Hurricane Katrina was orchestrated by God. Why? Looking at the Old Testament, we can see many calamities falling on both Jews and Gentiles. Sodom and Gomorrah were utterly destroyed by God. Israel was taken captivity several times by foreign nations. In each instance, this was done as punishment for rebellion against God. Therefore, if Katrina was from the hand of God, it is because of rebellion and sin against God. This is frightening considering the moral decay of the rest of the United States. Chuck Missler, a Christian Theologian says that if God does not punish the United States, he owes an apology to Sodom and Gomorrah.
Let’s now consider that God did not cause Hurricane Katrina. The first thought that comes to mind is, if there is an Almighty God, why did he let it happen? From a Christian perspective, during the “fall of Man”, the earth also fell. The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 8:22, “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now". Therefore, we live in an imperfect world. In this defective world, we cannot expect a utopia. In further stating why God would allow this calamity, is that he has the power to make good out of this disaster. Lives are gone, lives are destroyed, but lives are saved, heroes arise and people are accepting Jesus Christ as their Savior. This will not make sense if you’re not a Christian, but it means everything.
So, do I think that God is responsible for Katrina or not, I don’t know. I am not God. What I do know, however, is that God will make good out of it for his own Glory.